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Join our online training

Our next 10-week foresight training course starts 14 September 2021, with only 20 places available. This course requires a commitment of 2-6 hours per week, designed for those that lead a team that delivers long term strategy, innovation or risk management programmes. 

The 10-week course offers you the chance to: 

  • Understand how foresight is used to manage uncertainty
  • Better embody the mindset of a futurist and communicate the value of futures
  • Gain hands-on experience of foresight tools in order to add them to your professional practice
  • Expand your approaches to long term thinking through a structured four-stage approach
  • Harness the power of foresight in your organisation to improve decision-making.

This course covers the same topics as our 5-day retreat, but over a longer period. (Our 10th anniversary retreat will take place in August 2022.) Completion of the course ensures eligibility for our accredited Strategic Foresight Programme, endorsed by ILM

If you have questions then please contact us on +44 (0) 300 302 0486 or email us at learning@soif.org.uk. Otherwise you can start your application process today by registering online. 

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We are very satisfied! We very much appreciated your collegiality, flexibility, and creativity in thinking about how to adapt your courses to our context and to the online environment. 

CEO, NSquare

The training and development I received from SOIF has inspired me to continue with my own personal development, but also motivated me to continue to improve the credibility of futures and foresight tools and techniques within government.

Head of Futures and Strategic Analysis for the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre

What is involved

The online course includes 30 hours of contact time over 10 weeks. Group learning sessions will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm UK time. There will be something to do every week, but not always learning sessions. If you miss a session you’ll be able to catch up, but you will get the most from the course if you attend the sessions.

The course provides a mix of teaching, discussion, and practical exercises building through five modules to final team presentations on a topical challenge.

“SOIF seems to have pivoted to virtual with remarkable grace. I just sent two of my very best people to your online course and they loved it.”

Economist Intelligence Unit

What you’ll learn

Introduction Overview of the course and the topical challenge, meet your cohort, as well as setting learning objectives.

Module 1 Think like a futurist: principles for practice, SOIF four stage process, and developing a futures mindset.

Module 2 Scoping futures work. Introduction to horizon scanning.

Module 3 Ordering: from drivers of change to systems thinking and alternative futures.

Module 4 Investigating implications and identifying strategic choices.

Module 5 Integrating: foresight as an ongoing practice in creating future-ready organisations

Next steps Learning and development. Next steps on your foresight journey.

You’ll spend time between sessions to reflect, learn about upcoming topics and complete practical work. The course also includes three group learning sessions with an executive coach.

SOIF’s training stands out from other foresight courses and conferences. In this inward looking world, they bring exceptional diversity to the conversation.

European Commission

Who should attend

Participants at our courses tend to work in strategy, policy, leadership and analytical roles in governments, NGOs, international organisations and businesses. Previous participants include representatives from Centre for Strategic Futures, Singapore; Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs; International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); UK Cabinet Office, Go-Science, DEFRA, DCMS and Ministry of Defence; Garten Rothkopf; Economist Intelligence Office; National Commission of Security, Mexico; NSquare; Save the Children; Shell Global; the African Public Policy and Research Institute; and the United Nations. 

SOIF is a community — whether you are a foresight practitioner, user or commissioner, we help you build connections with people working to solve the same kinds of problems you are facing.

“The course helped provide a great foundation on practicing foresight. I will take what I’ve learned and leverage methods that are not often used in the entertainment industry.”

Exec Director, Insights and Analysis, Global Media company

Price and registration

Price:

Non-profit:  £3250* per place
Corporate:   £4600* per place

* This includes all learning and development sessions before during and after the event; group mentoring sessions; access to the online facilitation platform during and for 6 months after the course. Prices excl. VAT

Discounts are available for multiple bookings from the same organisation.

We will ask for some information about your motivations for attending before we confirm your place. We want to ensure that attendees will be able to get the most out of the course, and will let you know if we don’t think the course is the right fit.

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Cancellation:

  • If you cancel within seven days of approval of your application to attend we will refund you the training fee in full.
  • Before 31 July 2021: No cancellation charge
  • 1 August to 15 August 2021: 50% cancellation charge
  • After 15 August 2021: 100% cancellation charge. However, if your participation is impacted due to unforeseen circumstances we will explore options on a case-by-case basis.
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